Hanoi, Vietnam is Known as City of Lakes for a Reason

Hanoi lakes
Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo by Dzung S on Unsplash

Most people visiting Hanoi are there to explore its historical temples and pagodas, but its natural wonders are equally worth exploring. The capital of Vietnam is even known by the nickname the “city of lakes” because beautiful lakes are scattered all around it, and here are some of the very best.

West Lake

West Lake is one of Hanoi’s must-see attractions because it happens to be the city’s largest freshwater lake. It’s also one of the most popular recreational areas in all of Hanoi, and you can find many temples and gardens in its close surroundings.

Hoàn Kiếm Lake

Located in the very heart of Hanoi, this lake is often referred to as “Sword Lake” and it’s one of the city’s most scenic spots. Its famous nickname comes with an amazing backstory about a magic sword, and Turtle Tower and Huc Bridge are some of its most picture-perfect features.

Trúc Bạch Lake

Trúc Bạch Lake may not be one of Hanoi’s most touristy spots, but that’s what makes it perfect for people looking for a low-key experience. There are several historical sites in its surroundings, and you can even find a Vietnam War monument on its premises.